Mission Bush Pilot and Nurse

After spending three years in Guyana, South America, we have now moved to Bewani, 50 Km south of Vanimo, Papua New Guinea. We have started a new humanitarian aviation ministry here. In visiting with health officials and church people here, the need for an aviation program to reach into remote villages became very apparent. We are taking health workers and medicines/vaccines, into remote village airstrips and bringing out critically ill patients to the hospital. We also fly in educational materials for schools, as well as take in Bible workers. Toni is helping with the medical end of things, while Gary takes care of the flying part. We have several local lay missionaries we sponsor and we do ground transport for patients as well. We are volunteers here to serve our God and the unreached people of Papua New Guinea. We have a great need for more people to join in this effort.

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Moving forward, but a bit slow

Dear family and friends,
Since we last sent out our email telling of our change of organizations, some positive developments have taken place. 
We contacted the area administrator in PNG where we have been offered an airstrip and land to put up an airbase.  He responded and said that there was some issues taking place at that time and he recommended that we wait a bit for things to settle down.  He was very happy to know we were once again focused on coming to PNG.  We were saddened by the delay but we continue to trust that the God we serve sees the whole big picture and will work things out in His time.  
Meanwhile Gary has been able to find some work in construction which he enjoys doing, so that is keeping him busy and earning some money.  The church here as also decided to give him some jobs, so his plate is full.  
We heard from the administrator in PNG again this week, and he said things are much better, but advising us to wait a bit longer to make sure it will be safe for us to go and develop the airbase.  
God's timing is not always how we think things should be, but His timing is ALWAYS the best.  So in the mean time, we continue to wait and serve Him here until He gives us the go ahead.
We still see God's hand working for us in so many ways that we know He hasn't forgotten or forsaken us.
Thank you so much for you prayers and support!  Hopefully the wait is about over for our friends in PNG who are in need of air support.

May God continue to bless you,

Gary and Toni Lewis
pilot & nurse for Papua New Guinea